R.I.P. Lou Scheimer (1929-2013)

Lou Scheimer
Lou Scheimer

We are sad to report that TV animation giant Lou Scheimer has passed away at the age of 85. The Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer, was one of the original founders of Filmation Studio (along with former Disney artist Hal Sutherland and radio announcer Norm Prescott) and the exec producer of close to 70 different TV series, such as The New Adventures of Superman, Fantastic Voyage, Aquaman, The Batman Superman Hour, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Fat Albert, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Shazam, Space Academy, Tarzan and Flash Gordon.

Children of the 1980s will best remember him for influential toons such as Ghostbusters, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power and BraveStarr.

Scheimer, a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, won a Daytime Emmy in 1975 for Star Trek and received four Daytime Emmy nominations for Best Children’s and Animated Series for his work on Star Trek and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He received a primetime Emmy nom for the 1977 production Fat Albert Christmas Special. In 2003, ASIFA-Hollywood gave him an Annie for Special Achievement in Animation.

In addition to exec producing the Filmation toons, Scheimer also provided many of the guest or secondary voices for his studio’s well-loved animated projects. Among his many roles were N’Kima, Tarzan’s monkey pal in Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976-1981) and Dumb Donald in Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. A multi-talented artist, he also composed the music for many of his shows.

In his later years, Scheimer underwent quadruple bypass surgery and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Scheimer was still working even as late as the April of 2012, providing consulting work for Gang of Seven Animation.

As animation veteran Tom Sito wrote on Facebook today, “Scheimer never stopped being one of the guys. He was passionate about animation and his fellow artists. It actually pained him to lay people off. In 1982 when the Guild held a city-wide strike to try and prevent all our work outsourced overseas, Lou shouldered a sign and picketed his own studio, because he agreed that work should stay in town. Lou never reneged on his promise to keep as many people working as he could. It is reassuring in this world when you see the good guys can still win. Lou Scheimer was a good guy. And I shall miss him. So Long Lou Scheimer, you did well.”

Lou Scheimer

Lou Scheimer

  • Bruce Lombardo

    Thank God for you, Lou. You made my hours in front of the boob tube enjoyable. I will never forget your craft at storytelling.

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  • Maxx Ryan Creese

    rest in peace and thank you…

  • Sean

    Speaking as a member of the profession, this blows.

  • Michael F. Blake

    A major part of my childhood was his cartoons. Thank you for the entertainment & Godspeed.

  • Stevenson Roberts

    Very sad, indeed.

  • http://www.mrmedia.com Bob Andelman

    If you’re interested in
    reliving your youth, I did a video interview last December with
    Scheimer’s ostensible biographer, Andy Mangels, author of “Lou Scheimer:
    Creating the Filmation Generation.”
    http://www.mrmedia.com/2012/12/animate-this-cartoonist-lou-scheimer-owned-saturday-mornings-2012-video-interview/

  • Caio Esteves

    Thank you for making my childhood’s mornings so fun. Rest in peace.

  • Dustin Becerra

    good the he-man and she-ra killer is dead

  • dan Wiley

    I grew up in the 70s-80s and I remember watching these shows on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons. He was a legend in animation. He will be missed. RIP Lou.

  • Derik Penman

    It looks like the field of animation lost another groundskeeper.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fhb3isback Felix H. Brown, III

      But at the same time, I see it like this: God wanted some FIlmation.
      But selfishly, we will ALL miss Lou Scheimer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fhb3isback Felix H. Brown, III

    RIP, Lou Scheimer. And Thank You.

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  • Weenis

    Can’t even begin to express what Lou meant to me as a child, thanks Lou may you still continue to inspire wherever you are!

  • Polyvios Georgos Christoforos

    You didn’t have to die, but you did……………..Nice guy…………Anyway, dear ol’ Louie Scheimer,….well,rest in peace!

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